It's Time for Some Spring Cleaning With the Spring Cleanup Challenge

Real Estate Agent with Cedaredge Land Company

When I first started blogging, I didn't have any idea what I was doing. I sat down and wrote about local events and played around with doing market reports and sharing market information. Over the years I've learned a lot about blogging, and I would like to think my blog posts have gotten better and have more relevant content for the consumer. 

It's Time for Some Spring Cleaning With the Spring Cleanup ChallengeTime has gone by and those older blog posts are out there on the internet and can be found by the public wanting more information. I really want to make a good impression, and I have gone back and cleaned up some of those older posts. This is still a work in progress for me. 

For first I was using a smaller font size. Now I use a 14 pt font. I really like using the larger font size. It has more appeal for me. Since I started blogging I've also learned how to link to other information. I've also learned how to better place my pictures. 

When the weather starts warming up and spring is coming, I get the urge to do spring cleaning. Cleaning up some older posts is on my list of things to do. 

For this month's challenge I'm going to ask everyone to go back and cleanup 10 of their older blog posts. If you are a new member the challenge is for you to write 16 blog posts this month.

Here are some of the things you might want to consider changing:

  • Check your font size. Is it too small or too large?
  • Check for grammar and spelling errors. 
  • Change up your title to make it more search engine friendly.
  • Check to make sure your links work correctly. Do they go where they are suppose to go?
  • Is some of the information out of date? If so update it.
  • How do your pictures look? Could there be better placement? Can you give the post a new look by replacing or adding a picture or two?

Don't limit the changes to the suggestions I've made. These are only a guideline. Do what you think is needed to make the post look, and read, better and therefore make you look better. 

It's Time for Some Spring Cleaning With the Spring Cleanup ChallengeFor the new members here are some topics for you to consider writing about:

  • Local events.
  • Local information.
  • Neighborhood information and real estate market information.
  • Blog about your listings.
  • Brag about your sales.

This challenge is on the honor system. For those members that are cleaning up some older posts...write a post about what you did and what changes you made. It's okay to make it a member's only post, but please do share with us what you did with your older posts. Please try to make the post at least 200 words. When you are finished with the post, put a link in the comment section below. Make sure the link is click able and opens in a new window

If you are a newer member and writing your 16 blog posts, then let me know when you are done by leaving a link to your last post in the comment section below. Make sure the link is click able and opens in a new window.

So get going and start cleaning up those old post, and for the newer members get writing. Have fun and happy spring. 

The reward is 2,000 points to be awarded in April. This challenge starts on March 1st and ends at the end of the day on March 31st. 



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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Thanks Debbie and here's my ENTRY

Mar 22, 2017 04:35 PM #175
Sondra Meyer:
Hayden Outdoors, LLC Colorado - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Yike, I saw this a couple weeks ago and wanted to participate because I have a LOT of spring cleaning to do. I just saw Anna's featured post that reminded me.

P.s. I hope that you are doing well.

Mar 22, 2017 07:17 PM #176
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie below is the link to my blog entry for your challenge this month.

"Cleaning Up And Updating Older Blogs Is A Year Round Project For Me"

Mar 23, 2017 08:10 AM #177
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Debbie - Thanks for the contest. I needed some cleanup!


Mar 23, 2017 01:42 PM #178
Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Debbie

This was an amzing contest, and such a good thing for us all to do. Here's my entry - I Don't Get Paid for Spring Cleaning So I Did it For Free Anyway.


Mar 23, 2017 01:42 PM #179
Mimi Foster
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

What an amazing challenge! Thank you for hosting it!

Mar 23, 2017 06:09 PM #180
Nick & Trudy Vandekar
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

So Debbie here is my entry Total Rehab thanks for this, I needed to go back and do this and would never have started without this impetus.

Mar 24, 2017 11:05 AM #181
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Denver, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"  Lots of cleaning up for me.   

Mar 25, 2017 08:19 AM #182
Les & Sarah Oswald
Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Great Spring cleaning challenge - here is my entry

Mar 25, 2017 09:43 AM #183
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Debbie,

Here is my entry for your contest, great contest made me realize how much better I could ake my posts.

Mar 25, 2017 06:03 PM #184
Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
27 years experience -Residential Real Estate Sales

Here is my entry: Spring Cleaning challenge entry 

Mar 26, 2017 01:20 PM #185
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Okay, so I'm back!!  Having had completed my task, I updated that post that I wrote after updating just the FIRST post!!  

Thank you again, Debbie, for prompting us to do this and for hosting this challenge.  It was most definitely, much needed!  Here's the updated post:


Get in Gear for the March Contests - There May Be Bumpy Roads Ahead!

Mar 26, 2017 04:02 PM #186
Jeffrey Masich
HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell

Thank you for the great contest Debbie Laity . Very relevant and useful too! Here is my post on Spring Cleaning My Blogs 

Mar 27, 2017 09:52 AM #187
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

This definitely took some time, plus need to keep going, as ten years of blogs will be quite the challenge.

Spring Clean-Up of our Posts

Mar 27, 2017 05:01 PM #188
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686

Thank you Debbie for this great challenge!  

Here is my offering   Spring Cleaning in The Rain

Mar 27, 2017 06:41 PM #189
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Debbie.  Thanks for sponsoring this contest.  Here's my entry:

Mar 28, 2017 04:58 AM #190
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor

Thank you Debbie for this challenge.

Here is my blog post:


Mar 28, 2017 12:01 PM #191
Noel Mayer

Hello Debbie Laity Thank you for the challenge I took your advice and believe it went over the 16 . Local Events Calendar for Thursday March 30th




Mar 28, 2017 01:05 PM #192
Inbound Real Estate Marketing
Van Nuys, CA
Learn Online Marketing Today.

Debbie Laity This post is incredible. As a professional marketer, I too have some spring cleaning to do. You've created an excellent "to-do" list for Active Rain readers. As a professional blogger, I have already done many of the items on your list and have resources that have made writing easier for me. I'm going to LINK to these resources using YOUR bullet points as reference.


Please read my Placester summary here on active rain or my detailed pricing and user review on my website inboundrem before considering my usage of their content library as an endorsement of their service.

I hope this comment helps some of you with your "spring cleaning goals". I am committed to updating on or two of my old posts on my website as part of this challenge. I will be back when I have accomplished some much needed blog clean up.  

Mar 28, 2017 02:37 PM #193
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC - Granbury, TX
The lifestyle you want, the place to live it

OK Debbie, I finally made it.  I would like to say I'm all squeaky clean but as with most spring cleaning projects, there's more to do.

My Spring Cleanup

Mar 28, 2017 03:30 PM #194
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